Conference volunteers with chapter leaders
What Volunteers Have to Say
I have been associated with PMI Chennai Chapter for the past six years. Volunteering is like a drug; I’m never tired of volunteering for the chapter. I’m now motivated to do more. It also boosts me to do my job well in office. I simply could not imagine my life without this drug!
Mr. Nemasayee, vice president, finance, PMI Chennai Chapter & program manager, Hewlett-Packard, Chennai
As a lead of the conference awards track, the biggest challenge was the overwhelming response to the invitation for nominations. We got a record 76 nominations from practitioners across industries. The nominations were evaluated by three different set of panelists who brought in unique strengths and perspectives into the evaluation process. True to the voluntary spirit of PMI, they prioritized award evaluation as the topmost item on their agenda, even sacrificing their personal time. I consider this as the key to my success in the award track.
Dr Vikram Kumar B T, vice president, finance, PMI Trivandrum Chapter & director, UST Global
In the run-up to the conference, we spent all our spare time on weekdays and weekends on conference activities. Sometimes meetings/conference calls went well past 11 pm. We dedicated every Saturday and Sunday for the past six months for conference work. The main learning from the conference was that nothing is impossible for a dedicated and hardworking team. Mr. Prasannaa Sampathkumar, vice president, membership, Chennai Chapter & project manager, Hewlett Packard A major challenge was to manage a virtual team of 90 senior leaders (reviewers) and 290 authors with diverse skill sets and experiences, and of different age groups. The event was conceptualized and executed in a highly professional manner with a rigorous review mechanism that incorporated multiple levels of filtering. Finally, the success of this whole exercise was due to the involvement of right people for the right purpose connected with the links strengthened by passion towards volunteerism.
Mr. Jayakrishnan P S, vice president, membership, PMI Kerala Chapter & senior project manager, IBS Pvt. Ltd.
Having joined the Chennai chapter volunteer force recently, I was the “youngest” volunteer at the conference. These three days of the conference were the best days of my life. The success factors have been paying attention to the minutest of details for smooth program delivery, delegation, and supervision. Volunteering is a choice we make. We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.
Mr. Adi Tadikonda, delivery manager, Hewlett Packard Globalsoft Ltd.
I have been a volunteer since 2009 and volunteering makes me happy. I can proudly say that all my volunteers are extremely passionate about it. Volunteers are not paid not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless!
Mr. C. S. Jaikrishna, vice president, volunteer development & track leader - welcome kit & senior associate, Cognizant Technology Solution
Volunteering for the PMI India National Conference was a tremendous learning experience for me. No one ever said ‘that’s not my job’ and worked towards getting the outcome delivered successfully. The other standout feature was that criticism or lessons learned were focused on the task and not on the person. Compliments and success were shared as a team. Passion, preparation, and perspiration in equal measure led us to perfection!
Mr. Koushik Srinivasan, program manager, Hewlett-Packard
I have been writing articles and compering at chapter events that have provided avenues for me to express my creativity. A non-hierarchical team where ideas are always welcome provides a great way to refresh ourselves from day-to-day routine. I find the enthusiasm of the volunteers infectious. The sense of commitment to make the conference a success reverberated through the team and made it a memorable event.
Ms. Srividhya Ramesh, quality lead, Scope International